Definition of law clerk in US English:

law clerk


  • An assistant to a judge, typically a recent law-school graduate, whose function is to do legal research, help write opinions, and provide general assistance.

    • ‘In all other cases not on appeal, the defendant is tried in magistrate court by a judge who decides the case with the assistance of a law clerk.’
    • ‘Having been both a law clerk and a juror in the courthouse where Stewart was tried, I can vouch that the courthouse draws from a strong and generally conscientious jury pool.’
    • ‘She has no law clerk or research assistant and fears she will lose her interpreter: The government hasn't paid his bills, which now exceed $14,000.’
    • ‘What I suggest is that the Justice blog in the guise of an anonymous Supreme Court law clerk.’
    • ‘Every pro se submission must be responded to by a government attorney, researched by a law clerk, and considered by a judge.’
    • ‘Let me just note that my year spent as a law clerk in no way prepared me for it.’
    • ‘I was a law clerk there 50 years ago, this very year.’
    • ‘Murphy criticised the judge's handling of an application to renew the licence in June 1997, when an experienced law clerk had expressed reservations about the procedure.’
    • ‘He also worked as a law clerk for the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.’
    • ‘Years ago, when I was a law clerk, I was impressed by how much the Judge could accomplish with one simple question.’
    • ‘She is a law clerk for a federal appellate judge.’
    • ‘Publius is ‘a law clerk in the South’ and writes consistently good, thought provoking stuff.’
    • ‘For example, the first year I blogged I did so under the pseudonym ‘Feddie’ due to my status as a federal appellate law clerk.’
    • ‘The law firm had a law clerk available to assist clients with submitting these claims.’
    • ‘He practiced law in Boston briefly before he joined the State Department as a law clerk following the formation of a career Foreign Service there.’
    • ‘She worked for him as a law clerk in 1994, and said she was troubled by the initial reaction to his nomination.’
    • ‘The next day, after a brief call from a law clerk at a legal firm recommended by Murphy, they paid a deposit of $50,000 and signed the contract.’
    • ‘David was a prosecutor, a former U.S. attorney from the Eastern District of New York and a Princeton and Harvard Law graduate, and my law clerk.’
    • ‘You may be able to gather documents on your own rather than paying the attorney's law clerk to do so.’
    • ‘She received a law degree from Duquesne University and served as a law clerk at several firms.’